A marine biologist by trade, Bianca Santos cares deeply about the conservation and long-term sustainability of the environment. She earned her B.S. in Marine Vertebrate Biology and a minor in Ecosystems and Human Impacts from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. During her undergraduate career, Bianca spent two years as an undergraduate research assistant with Stony Brook’s Marine Animal Disease Laboratory, where she pursed an honor’s thesis on parasitic success in oysters. She also completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates program with the University of Washington and spent a summer studying salmon growth in Alaska. Bianca graduated magna cum laude and with School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences departmental honors from Stony Brook University in May 2014.
In August 2014, she entered the graduate program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, in Gloucester Point, VA. Bianca conducted research on sea turtle mortality and earned her M.S. in Marine Sciences with concentrations in fisheries science and marine policy in August 2017. She then moved to Washington, D.C. for a marine policy fellowship. Bringing a strong science and research background to the SustainUS delegation, Bianca looks forward to learning more about climate justice issues and environmental conservation at the advocacy level.